The rapid deterioration of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has put a considerable strain on the organization’s morale, resources, and most importantly, its audacious plan to establish a global caliphate.
Reeling from these continuous losses levied by the United States and its coalition, the Islamic State has just suffered another devastating blow to its affiliate in Afghanistan, referred to as ISIS-K, or ISIS Khorasan.
The Pentagon released a statement today about the strike that occurred earlier in the week.
From the Department of Defense:
U.S. forces killed Abu Sayed, the head of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan, in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar province, Afghanistan, July 11, Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana W. White said today in a statement.
“The raid also killed other ISIS-K members and will significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan,” she said.
ISIS leaders chose Abu Sayed to lead the group, which is an affiliate of ISIS, after Afghan and U.S. forces killed the previous ISIS-K leaders – Hafiz Sayed Khan in late July 2016, and Abdul Hasib, in late April this year, White said.
Afghan and U.S. forces launched a counter-ISIS-K offensive in early March to drive fighters from Nangarhar province, which borders Kunar to the south, and send a clear message to ISIS that there is no sanctuary for their fighters in Afghanistan, she said.
This latest death of a high-ranking ISIS leader follows recent reports confirming the death of ISIS supreme leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
We can only hope that the United States builds on this momentum as it moves forward in dismantling the terror organization in other major hotspots around the world.